Thailand goalkeeper Kawin has revealed that Oliver Kahn is his goalkeeping role model, admitting that the German legend inspires him.
Kawin is widely regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers in Thailand, having inspired his country to AFF Suzuki Cup glory when he played a pivotal role in the 2014 tournament.
Speaking in an interview with the AFF Suzuki Cup’s YouTube channel, the Muangthong United man insists he’s a big fan of the former Bayern Munich star.
“The first (inspiration to become a goalkeeper) for me was Oliver Kahn, when I was young,” Kawin said. “I like his character. His style on the field looked strong; everyone against him was always afraid.”
Former Bayern man Kahn was one of Germany’s most legendary players, becoming the first and only goalkeeper in World Cup history to win the Golden Ball in the 2002 tournament.
“When I grew up I also watched many goalkeepers (beside Kahn), but when he did a great thing I decided to learn everything good about him.”
Kawin, who has won the Thai Premier League twice in his seven years with Muangthong United, remains hopeful of fulfilling his boyhood dream of playing in Europe.
“Since starting to play as a professional footballer, I’ve set my huge dream to play in Europe someday,” the 25-year-old revealed. “That is my target.”